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Spring Term 1

I look forward to another half term with year 3 and know we will continue to have lots of fun learning together. This half term we will be looking at the following topics:

English

Our first unit is a non-fiction unit called 'Where Would you Like to Live'. In this unit, the children explore the Big Question: Where would you like to live? They read the interactive eBook, retrieving and collating information about different countries and identifying the similarities and differences between the lives of children around the world. They learn about how to present information using paragraphs and headings. In their writing tasks they compose a report in response to the Big Question.


Our second short unit this half term is 'word detectives' Children take on the role of word detectives to investigate spelling patterns and generate their own spelling rules.

Maths

We will be continuing to follow the 'Power Maths' scheme and this half term we will be learning: Multiplication and Division, Length and Perimeter and Fractions.




PE days and PE kit We have 2 hours of PE each week with Mr Wolfe, on a Monday and a Wednesday Children will be doing dance and fitness. Children will continue to come to school in their PE kit on PE days, please make sure the PE kit is: a white or navy polo top or t-shirt, black or navy jogging bottoms/shorts, a Booth Wood fleece or navy blue hoody/jumper and trainers. No branded sports kit should be worn.

Science


Our unit this half term is ‘Forces and Magnets’ and children will learn about forces, friction and magnetic attraction. They will learn about forces in the context of pushing and pulling, and will identify different actions as pushes or pulls. The children will work scientifically and collaboratively to investigate friction, by exploring the movement of a toy car over different surfaces. They will work in a hands on way to identify magnetic materials. Furthermore, they will conduct an investigation into the strength of different types of magnet. The children will have chance to explore the way magnetic poles can attract and repel in an exciting activity, making their own compass and using it to find hidden items. The children will use their understanding of magnetic attraction to design and create their own magnetic game. They will develop their scientific enquiry skills, making observations, predictions and conclusions.

Geography

Our unit is 'Extreme Earth' unit and children will learn about the destructive powers of nature, from volcanoes and earthquakes to tsunamis and tornadoes. Through discussion and practical tasks, children will learn about how and why these natural phenomena occur, and the ways in which they affect people and the environment.

Art

Our unit is ‘Bodies’ themed and children will learn about how to use pen, charcoal, felt tip, make maquettes, make paper clothes and sculpt Giacometti-inspired models. The children will also have the opportunity to explore the work of ‘Bodies’ artists Julian Opie, Alberto Giacometti and Henry Moore.


Music




Our unit this term is 'Rhythm' and children will continue to develop composing and performing skills. They will also explore how rhythms can be created by using syllable patterns from simple spoken phrases. Children will experience working in groups and creating graphic scores to notate their ideas. The unit will finish with a performance which is recorded, allowing for self and peer assessment.

Homework and spellings Homework is given our weekly in KS2 and helps to keep you informed of your child's progress and the current topics in the classroom and also helps revise what we have learnt in school. Spellings will be set weekly and your child will receive a paper copy as well as the spellings being available on spelling shed and the website. Homework and new spellings will be set every Friday and will be expected to be completed by the following Friday. Children will have logins to TT rockstars and Twinkl spelling (to be sent out shortly)and should be encouraged to do this at home where possible. Children should now be able to recall 2, 5, 10, 3, 4 and 8 times tables facts quickly and off by heart. Please keep practising if they are not there yet. Please continue to encourage your child to read at home regularly, some children may now happily read on their own , which is brilliant. But reading out loud to an adult a few times a week is still great practise. Things your child needs

  • A bottle of water (no juice please in case of sticky spillages).

  • A healthy snack for break.

  • Fridays are 'treat' days, so your child can bring a treat for their snack. Alternatively, your child can bring money for our school tuck shop, which will allow them to buy a sausage roll/drink (50p each).

  • Book bag/rucksack with reading book and reading record.

  • Wear PE Kit to school on PE days (Monday and Thursday).

Contacting the Staff The year 3 team is always here for your child and you. If you just need a quick word then you may be able to catch one of us in the morning or after school. However, if it is something that requires a longer conversation then please email rbeech@boothwood.leics.sch.uk or phone the office to book an appt. The Year 3 Team

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